ISLAMABAD: Justice Qazi Faez Isa of the Supreme Court has demanded information from the chairman of the Capital Development Authority about the costs incurred on a range of projects in the capital city, including installing security cameras under the safe city project and at various government buildings.

Justice Isa had requested public funds for the newly built wall, watchtowers, barbed wire, and cameras atop the wall around Balochistan House, Sindh House, and the Minister’s Enclave. In addition to the Safe City Project cost, he wanted to know how much it cost to paint the curbsides in Islamabad (black and yellow) and how much paint was used.

In a letter to the CDA chairman dated March 29, he stated that under Article 19A of the Constitution and the Right of Access to Information Act 2017, everyone has the right to obtain information. The letter also included images to demonstrate how the condition had worsened after his previous letter.

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A high and unusable pavement is being built through the replanted jacaranda trees in front of the Minister’s Enclave, which will once again kill these trees. This is not only a waste of public funds, but it also serves no purpose because the road beside it is not a public thoroughfare and only leads to the Ministers and Judges Enclave as well as the Sindh and Punjab Houses, according to the letter.

He believed that public funds would have been better-used building pavements alongside public roads and that curbsides were being painted black and yellow, which was a waste of public funds and hundreds of thousands of liters of paint and being hazardous to the environment.

When the CDA can’t afford to install or fix maintenance hole covers, this jail-like fortification around the homes of those elected to serve is an unnecessary function. Justice Isa wondered what good cameras and thousands of deployed cops would be if fortress-like walls were constructed, razor-sharp barbed wire was mounted atop them, and watchtowers were raised.

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